Questions tagged [metadata]

Information stored in or out of band about a file describing secondary characteristics.

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How to get all Apple Photos file names

Is there a way to get a manifest or listing of all file names from Apple Photos without having to download\export them all? I have a few thousand photos that are duplicated by file name but with a ...
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mdfind using -name option

I get this result: user@10 $  mdfind kind:application -name "Seashore" -onlyin /Volumes/WD\ Elements /Volumes/WD Elements/backup 2018/Desktop/Seashore.app /Volumes/WD Elements/backup Juli ...
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How to stop com.apple.metadata:kMDItemWhereFroms attribute from being saved in files?

Recently I found out that macOS saves full download link to metadata of file which kept when file moves between computers which I found a big security risk for me. Is it possible to disable saving ...
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Iphone Music Metadata/Encoding data showing & hide

I play .mp3s via my iPhone Music application. However on this album, there is additional metadata / encoding data (unsure what the correct terminology is here) that is displayed below the Play and ...
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Import old Voice Memo files to new Voice Memos apps and maintain original dates metadata?

Since Voice Memos no longer live in iTunes/Music and now have their own macOS app that syncs with iCloud, I'd like to import quite a number of old Voice Memos from throughout the years that I ...
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Mac Not Sleeping In Clamshell "PreventUserIdleSystemSleep"

Whenever I put my mac in clamshell mode, it doesn't sleep. I've tried resetting: Reset NVRAM or PRAM Prevent Sleep Tab on Activity Monitor Removed Automatic Log in Applications & Extensions ...
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Metadata not showing in Finder window for images on external drive

I have two Macs: an Intel Mac mini (2018, running Catalina 10.15.7 I think) and an M1 MacBook Pro (2020, running Big Sur 11.6.1). I have an external SSD which I use for lots of work stuff. On both ...
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Restore music metadata after SSD loss

So a month ago I lost my 2020 MacBook Air's SSD (which had been running Catalina) to a coffee spill; the computer is now fixed (and upgraded to Monterey) but the drive is wiped. The documents had been ...
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How do mdfind and mdls derive what metadata a file has and where is it stored?

The man page of mdfind says the following: The mdfind command consults the central metadata store and returns a list of files that match the given metadata query. The query can be a string or a query ...
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Adding metadata/keywords to pdf

What software, either Apple built-in or open-source, could add metadata/keywords to a pdf document? I have tried Inkscape, but that overwrites metadata. I want to add keywords specifically to an ...
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How to share photos from iOS as JPG with EXIF?

I want to share photos with friends in JPG, but need to keep its metadata (time taken, GPS coordinates...) in EXIF. I tried to send them via web-based filesharing service. JPGs was uploaded, but all ...
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How can I find files that don't contain specific metadata?

I recently discovered that a currently-unknown number of files on in my music collection have been corrupted or otherwise damaged. These files do not play in the Apple Music app, even though they look ...
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Where's "More Info" gone?

Recently I moved from 10.13 to 10.14 on an older Mac system. Previously, tapping on an audio file and keying "command + i" would tell me some audio info, such as stereo, channels, bit depth; ...
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Get .app path from a bundle ID? [duplicate]

Say I have a bundle ID com.apple.Safari, how do I get the path to the app bundle (.app) (/System/Volumes/Data/Applications/Safari.app) from that? I need this for my script to automate a task.
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Spotlight is not showing any video metadata

I've reindexed internal and external drives multiple times. I'm trying to use a directory print software to print my media collection but it relies on Spotlight for all data that would be very useful, ...
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Is it possible to view video/audio information in finder or a similar program

From what I can see finder cannot display codec, resolution, bitrate, basic metadata about batches of video and audio files that would be really helpful. As there any way to achieve this or a program ...
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Copy directory recursively without copying the file contents

I'm working on organizing my files and I want to have a clone of my drives so I can deduplicate files. However, I will not be able to connect the drives to my laptop all the time. I know that it is ...
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How to keep photo date when dragging photos out of Photos app into a folder on Mac? [duplicate]

I have encountered what is to me a deeply distressing and frustrating behavior of the Photos app for Mac. I would like to know if there is a workaround. A bit of background: I use iCloud to sync my ...
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Migrating musics from Windows Media Player to Apple Music

I've recently moved from Windows to macOS, and I'm trying to import my local music library into the Music app installed on macOS Big Sur. I have about 30k mp3 files that I've star-rated over a decade, ...
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Can I detect the frame rate of a video using built in programs or tools?

I want to match the frame rate of a video I am editing to a project. But I don't know the frame rate. Is there an easy way to check the frame rate of a video using built-in tools or programs?
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Where does the iOS Photos app store user-entered captions?

I understand that the ability to add captions to photos was added in iOS 14. Where are these captions stored? For example, are they embedded into the .HEIC file as EXIF or XMP or IPTC metadata? Or a ...
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What exactly is chflags opaque, nodump?

I've gotten to grips with the chflags man page so far, even if it's rather uncommon for man pages. Nevertheless, I find 2 parameters very peculiar. What exactly does chflags opaque and nodump do? ...
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How can I find the metadata of a file in Scanner app?

I am a teacher, and I am trying to verify the date and time when a student took a particular photo. The student has an iPhone (unknown model and OS version) and used the Scanner app by Luni to take ...
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Delete metadata

There is a program provided by Apple to see most of the metadata in a file. It is nice to have the metadata clearly arranged, but the catch is that you cannot delete it or I don't know how to delete ...
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How to assign latitude & longitude to a photo "Location" in Photos 6?

I have a specific latitude and longitude that I would like to assign to a photo that does not otherwise have any location information. eg. (18.352185, -64.792505) aka 18 deg 22' 26.46" N, 64 deg ...
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Importing album art from ripped music

I have over 130+ artists with 1000s of tracks all sorted and with valid metadata externally to the Music / iTune app on my Mac (Catalina). The folder layout is Artist / Album / CD in Album (ranges 1-...
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Where is Metadata of Encoding in Plain Text Saved from TextEdit

TextEdit allows for plain text .txt files to be saved with a particular character encoding: Is there any meaningful change to the file's metadata and if so, how do you see it?
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How can I get the Finder to show metadata?

I am running MacOS Mojave 10.14.6 on an iMac. Sometime last July, the Finder started hiding the metadata of downloaded photos. Its behavior varied for a while, but now it seems to have settled down to ...
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How to edit "kMDItemXxx" file metadata on macOS?

Today I tried to edit the metadata of a picture file. I used mdls to display them, then looked for a command to edit one. But I couldn't find any. For vanilla metadata, like basic timestamps, touch is ...
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How do you see more than the Last Opened date when an application was launched on Mac?

I'd like to find more dates that I've opened an application besides the latest date shown under the Last Opened field. I was going through my list of apps and found some old ones which I had forgotten ...
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Command line argument to "find" and "grep" data inside "xattr -l" atrributes?

I have a file that an application has set extended attributes for. $ xattr -l /Volumes/Educating\ Rita\ \(1983\)/Educating\ Rita\ \(1983\).1.eng.srt net.filebot.filename: 3_English.srt net.filebot....
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mdls does not work on mounted sparse bundles

mdls does not return anything when I run it on a mounted (originally encrypted) sparse bundle: ❯ ll ./test .rw-r--r--@ 0 evar 14 Sep 18:34 ./test ❯ mdls ./test ...
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I have started setting deadlines on a document by putting the date in the comments, using the YYYY-MM-DD format and then what type of deadline it is (I have to submit initial, interim, and discharge ...
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How to stop TextEdit.app from adding extended attributes

I only recently discovered (yes, I'm late to the game) that TextEdit.app is adding extended attributes to any files I open in it. I had discovered this when I randomly had opened a shell script in it ...
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Unable to Add "Where from" Metadata with Special Characters Using Applescript

Trying to add the "Where from" metadata in the Finder's "Get info" section of a picture on the Desktop and I am not able to since the text has special characters. In this case, it is "?" and "=" ...
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Get script/language for fonts via terminal

I would like to get the language support / script of any fonts I have in my computer with terminal command. There is a way to see it through Font Book...
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How can I clear metadata (personal data) from an Excel file in Microsoft 365 for macOS?

I want to make sure that an Excel file I created is purged of all personal and user metadata before passing it on, for confidentiality reasons. For Windows, there are many guides for removing ...
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Is there a command line utility that can copy Apple TV metadata and embed it into MP4 video files?

Is there a way (preferably an open-source command line tool) to copy Apple TV (the desktop application that replaced part of iTunes in Catalina) metadata into the MP4 files so that when transferred to ...
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Manually enter "Where From" text for screenshot Metadata?

What I would love to be able to do, is the opposite of what this person asked about; I want to ADD the "where from" text (in my case, a URL I could copy-paste from a browser tab) for screenshots I ...
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export from photos (mac) including edited metadata

I received a bunch of photos that didn't have any correct metadata. I have then manually corrected the time and gps information within the photos app. When I export this files, those information are ...
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Get page number from Metadata instead of Index

In Applescript, we can get the index number of the current page we are viewing in Skim with the following code: tell application "Skim" activate set theDoc to front document get index ...
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How to edit m4b audiobook metadata in Catalina?

In Catalina it is not possible to edit audiobook metadata anymore as it was possible using iTunes in previous macOS versions. I tried a third-party tag editor (kid3), successfully edited the audiobook ...
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How to add metadata to log archive, so that `log show --last` works?

Whenever I run the log show command from the command line, I get a warning message, log: warning: The log archive contains partial or missing metadata. This appears to prevent me from using the --...
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Batch Removal of "Where from" Metadata Without a Handler

I have many images that contain the "Where from" metadata in the "get info" section that shows the URL where they were downloaded from. I want to remove this information from all of them at the same ...
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Batch exporting metadata from Finder

I have a folder containing over 2,000 web pages I've downloaded. Most of the file extensions are .html, though some are .pdf or .webarchive. My OS is Mojave. When I highlight an icon in Finder, it ...
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Date, time, and GPS metadata tagging video for iOS

On 2019/10/16 (last Wednesday), I went skydiving in Las Vegas which they recorded but the provided video was in 10 seperate clips and none had time or GPS metadata tagged. I want these as 1 video on ...
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How can I remove "Where from" information from downloaded .mkv file?

I have downloaded an .mkv files from Safari. When I open "Info" in Finder on the file, I see the following link to where it was downloaded from: How can I remove that metadata from the file?
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How to remove "where from" xattr data from image files downloaded in Mac?

Hi so I'm at my wits end coz I am trying to remove xattr data in an image file that is a "Where from" xattr data. This is on a Mojave mac. This data is written via chrome browser for mac whenever an ...
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Unable to change author name in an ebook on iPad

I have a Mac computer where I downloaded an ePub and then changed the author on the Mac in the list view of iBooks. MacOS 10.12.6 Sierra iOS 12.3.1 for the iPad Then I dragged and dropped the ePub ...
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How do currently downloading files show a circular progress indicator besides them in Finder?

When downloading a file using Google Chrome, Mac App Store, or some other app, Finder usually displays a circular progress indicator besides the file name. Out of curiosity, is there any technical ...
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